Rivals draw in thriller

Jack Baker, in his first game back for Drouin after injury, has a break on his Maffra chaser in the senior game on Saturday.

Jack Baker, in his first game back for Drouin after injury, has a break on his Maffra chaser in the senior game on Saturday.

A draw and a couple of other tight matches that could shape the make-up of the finals highlighted Gippsland League matches at the weekend.

Ellinbank and District and Mid Gippsland leagues had a mid-season holiday for the Queen’s Birthday weekend with West Gippsland joining Gippsland League in playing a full round of matches.

Traralgon and Morwell moved their traditional Monday holiday rivalry to Saturday and produced a “thriller”.

It was a 54-point all draw at the siren.

Traralgon goaled with only a couple of minutes left in the game to lead by a point but a desperate Morwell forced the ball forward to score the behind that levelled the game.

There was only four points in the Bairnsdale-Sale match at the last change and Wonthaggi Power had the upper hand over Moe.

That was until Bairnsdale and Moe turned on stunning last quarters.

Seven of Moe’s 11 goals for the match were scored in that term to take it to an 11-16 to 11-7 win while Bairnsdale’s barn-storming nine-goal final quarter cast Sale aside.

The Redlegs eventually won 18-13 to 10-14.

In the other games Leongatha retained top place on the ladder accounting for Warragul while Maffra was too good for Drouin.

In the West Gippsland league matches went largely to script.

The only bit of a surprise was improving Nar Nar Goon’s comfortable 12-18 to 5-10 defeat of Phillip Island at Cowes.


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